Do you view them as trifling details
or precise and purposeful points?
Are they Blake's grain of sand,
or whether you dined on scrod
or sea bream last Friday night?
I thought minutiae meant trivial,
but it also refers to minute matters
of import, whether to employ
semi-colon or period, comma or dash.
The poet champions image over trodden
or trite: the bat that flits at the close
of eve, the outcry of the hunted hare.
And then there's the key to keeping
hold of a wonder-struck wit:
It was sea bream; I'm sure of it.